Monthly Archives: October 2013

Change

If you say that change isn’t a scary thing, you are lying, or extremely and unmeasurable courageous. Change can shake your entire world, and leave you wondering how were you ever so happy before things changed. It can crush you, and make you feel weak, and powerless. Change can even make you have thoughts of severe depression. I’m not going to lie, change scared me when I first came to MSU. I thought, man, I’m one of 50,000 now, out of my parents house, and living with people I essentially haven’t spoken to in years. I was pretty scared of that change.

Change though, can lead to great opportunities. If you embrace change, and face it head on, this new change, can open up doors you never knew even existed. But, if you’re not willing to accept these new things in life, you will inevitably be forced back to the start, before the change even happened, and before you even realize that you were too stubborn to accept this change!

This especially applies to people like me. I love my day to day routine, and 9 times out of 10, wouldn’t change a thing about it. But embracing the change I made coming to East Lansing, I’ve already made huge strides in a matter of months. I’ve gotten a new job, am developing new relationships, and working everyday to ensure, that I’m better tomorrow when I wake up, than I was today.

That’s what change can do. It can make life better for you. But if you’re not careful, it can make life, much, much worse. So embrace it, and let life do what it will.

Here’s the latest song stuck in my head, which inspired me to write this. I’m a huge Ed Sheeran fan!

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Bad days

Regardless of who you are, where you are, or what you do, having a bad day is quite frankly, inevitable. Even if you’re like me, and wake up with a good attitude everyday, life hits you. Life can hit you extremely hard, and if you don’t know how to fight back, you’ll find yourself in a bout with an opponent who is bigger, stronger, and faster. So what can you be? You can be smarter.

When you have a monumentally bad day (or week, or month, god forbid a bad year), it seems like what can go wrong, will go wrong, and definitely is going wrong. Odds are, you’re walking around with your head down, a bad attitude, and bleak outlook on everything in life. But you truly have to remember one thing. It’s vital that you remember, that this is just one day. This one day, has to end. It will be over before you know it. This bad day, can end at midnight, or it can end RIGHT NOW. It just depends on your attitude. If your strong enough, you can just about turn a day around in a matter of minutes, but not many people can just do that.

So when you wake up the next day, don’t even think about the day yesterday. Think about how awesome today can be. You make a day, not the outer forces around you. Sure a bad grade on test, you fighting with your friends, or doing something stupid can put a damper on your mood. But you don’t have to let that ruin your day tomorrow! You can wake up, and be happy. It’s totally up to you. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. “Get up, look up, and never, ever give up”– Michael Irvin.

During those good days? Make that feeling last. Use those memories to make tomorrow a better day. Use those feelings to create a buzz of happiness every time you think about that event. Whatever your attitude is, you make it that. If you want to be negative, you’re going to be negative. But if you want to be positive, and optimistic, you’ll see the world as a beautiful place. Trust me, I know how it goes!

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Confidence

At a job interview yesterday, the interviewer asked a question that I knew was coming: what is your biggest strength. I already had my answer planned, and knew exactly what to say. My confidence! That’s my biggest thing, my attitude about myself. Now, I’ve been called cocky, arrogant, and just out right full of myself. But these people, these “haters”? They don’t know me, but I know me. I know everything I am, and everything I’m not. Confident, is certainly one thing I am.

Many people though, struggle with their confidence. When I say many, I mean a whole hell of a lot. I’ve got tons of friends, family members, and other people in my life, who struggle with their vision of their self. So let me say this, you are the only you in the world. Their are people like you, but no one is you! So be confident with yourself. Do you really think that someone, other than you, could do what you do on a daily basis? There’s no one and no way! You’ve got yourself figured out (for the most part), and you should be extremely proud of that. It should reflect in your confidence!

One person specifically who has absolutely blossomed with his self confidence, is my little brother Adam. This kid has quite literally grown up right next to me for the last 18 years, and the last 2-3 years, he’s learned what it means to confident. He’s evolved into the type of person who thinks “I’m me, I’m awesome, and I love it”. I could not be more proud of younger (and larger) brother.

If you don’t think you have anything to be confident about or confident in, you are extremely wrong. Like I said, you’re you! Be proud of that. If you need a little more, start working on things. Whether it’s school work, your job, or your hobbies, and work harder. Make yourself proud of the work you, and you’ll start feeling way more confident. If you can’t work harder, than you should already be proud and confident of yourself.

Oh and guys, girls love confidence. In fact, that’s how I got my girlfriend. Wasn’t the looks, or the money, but the attitude. Be yourself, and be great.

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Beauty

Let me start with this, this post is mostly for females, specifically ones who don’t hear their value enough. That they aren’t beautiful. Guys, you’ve been warned.

If you tell any female, from the time she is 5 years old, to the time she is 100, that female, is going to smile. But the difference? Is innocence; the innocence in the listener. “Beautiful” is a very positive word. In fact, it is one my favorite words because it so positive. But if you tell that girl she’s beautiful, she just may not believe you.

See, we live in a negative world. Where everything, and I mean everything, is viewed pessimistically. So if you tell her she’s beautiful, you may make her smile. But in her head, what’s she thinking? “I have a pretty face”, but I’m not sexy.. but I’m not smart.. but I have some acne.. but..but..but..

Seriously? Stop. Quit. If you are are beautiful, you’re beautiful. Want to know what puts the icing on the cake (I do believe most guys would definitely agree with this)? Confidence. Teenage girls, college women, middle aged soccer moms are all bombarded with these images and videos of advertisements with these “ideal women”. Size 0, breast implants, perfect hair, and an absolute shit ton of make up. That is not right. In fact, that’s not even close. If you, as a female, are confident? You don’t need to be a doll.

It’s easy to tell a girl on a big date, “you look beautiful”. That’s not hard, nor admirable. Be a gent fellas! Find beauty in the little things. Things that, you see everyday, and you never get sick of. If you do get sick of it, probably not the right girl for you. But regardless, look for the small things that make that girl perfectly beautiful to you, and you’ll start to see the bigger picture.

So, for the ladies who are reading this, if you woke up, are not a size 0, don’t look “Perfect” rolling out of bed, or aren’t on the cover of a magazine, don’t worry. You are in fact, still beautiful. Just remember that, and that’ll make you confident. It’s seriously that simple.

Oh, and for the guys, don’t be punks to girls. So what if she’s not your “type”, don’t be an ass.

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Greatness

Some people are born to be great. Other people are given chances to prove they’re great. But regardless, everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame. There chance to show the world “Here I am”. But as for great opportunities? Those are usually hard to spot. You have to know, when these “great moments” are upon you. So when you know you have something great, take it, and run. Run like hell with it.

Work for it. Devote every, waking second to your greatness. Whenever you think you might be slacking, you are. Don’t let yourself get to it. You and only you control whether or not this great moment, will be yours. When that moment comes, be ready. Be prepared for this moment.

Preparation? That’s the hardest part. My life has taught me one gigantic lesson that I live everyday. If you’re not making yourself better in some way, then you’re making yourself worse. You are being detrimental to your own success. There is no staying “status quo”. GET BETTER, or get worse. There’s no in between. Whether that means study for 15 minutes for each class, going to workout, actually doing homework, or just not playing those addicting video games, know which choice will make you better.

As for me? I try to live this everyday. But everyday, I’m learning new things about myself. These new things teach me what makes me better, and what makes me worse. And as much as I hate doing things that make me worse, I still do it. I wish I could sell my Playstation, but I’m 20, unemployed, and taking 16 credits. So I play games. Motivation is the key. If you want your greatness, and your success? You’ll find time. If not? You’ll find excuses.

As Michael Irvin said “Get up, look up, and never, EVER give up”

 

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TIme(flies)

I remember so much of my childhood. And when I think back, it seems like every memory came along with someone telling me to slow down, and enjoy these moments. But I was way too young and immature to accept what Ferris Bueller was trying to tell me. “Life moves pretty fast, and if you don’t slow down and look around once and a while, could miss it.”

Now, I’m not saying everyday is a monumental event and you should do your best to remember it. But the moments you love that happen every weekend with your friends? Yeah, you should try your best to slow those down. Take a picture. Enjoy it. My girlfriend taught me something important a long time ago, (and some how we’re already coming up on two years together), memories are the only thing you’re left with. All the money in the world can’t buy you memories.

So slow things down. Enjoy the moment. If your friends and roommates want to go out on a Tuesday night, go. Or if your girlfriend wants to stay in, stay in. But whatever you do, make it enjoyable. Make it memorable. The last thing you want when it’s all said and done, is to question whether or not it was worth it.

Oh and as for the title? Time(flies)? Those are just my favorite musicians. It was also pretty applicable to the moment. If you want, take a listen.

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Blessings

Sitting in class, yesterday, it just kind of hit me.  The kind of feeling that just comes, smacks you if you know what I mean. I couldn’t believe how blessed I felt. I had just finished the Series Finale of “The Office”, and Pam and Jim just kind of go on and talk about how great they actually have it, because they have each other. About 20 minutes after watching it, I realized that man, I actually am pretty blessed. I have the most amazing people around me.

My relationships that have in my life are extraordinary. My friends, family, and my ability to befriend strangers are honestly what I consider the best parts of my life.  “The Office” kind of got the ball rolling on this feeling, but after I watched a video by a guy named “TJ Smith” about his Highway-Sing-Alongs, I realized just how great my friends are.  In the video, Tj drives down the road (the 405) belting out some throwback jams. In all honesty? I have some friends, who would be more than willing to turn up some N*SYNC, drive down Grand River in the middle of the afternoon, and belt it out with me.  Specifically, my roommates would probably be on their way to the car before I even finished the story. My girlfriend would be in the passenger seat if I couldn’t get anyone else to go. How lucky am I?

My relationship with my family is one of extreme importance. We’ve been through high and low, and I cannot appreciate them enough. My brother and I are quite different, but couldn’t imagine our relationship any more perfect.

So if your reading this, take a second. Realize how lucky you are to live where you do, talk to who you talk to, and just how lucky you are, to be you. No one else can be you, or have what you have. Smile, because life is great.

(Here’s a link to the Tj Smith video I watched, I guarantee you’ll smile if you watch this!)

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Glass Half Full (About Me)

My name, is Ian. Let me start by saying this for the people who don’t know me, I am unbelievably positive person. I  almost always keep a positive attitude, and I mean close to 99% percent of the time.  Of course, bad days happen to me just like they do for everyone else in the world. I just like to think that with my positive attitude, that maybe it can rub off on people. Maybe, my positivity can create a better world for myself, the people around me, and (hopefully) the people who I cross paths with everyday. As of now, I’m a 20 year old Michigan State University Student Studying Advertising. I love soccer, weight training, and everything about fitness in general.

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